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The Benefits of Invisalign Orthodontic Treatment

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Invisalign® Orthodontics has revolutionized orthodontic treatment for people all ages and has become a viable alternative to the traditional metal braces, which have been used for generations.  What separates Invisalign® orthodontics from traditional metal orthodontics is that is virtually invisible, because it is made with a clear plastic.  The traditional wires and metal hardware is replaced by a series of ‘aligners”, which fit into the clear plastic aligner trays.  The system is then worn over the top of the teeth, slightly similar to an athletic mouth guard.  Instead of the orthodontist tightening the wires, they “aligners” are replaced every two weeks, until the desired results are achieved.

There are a number of benefits to Invisalign® orthodontics, with the most important one being appearance.  Since they are virtually invisible, most people will never know that the patient receiving treatment is wearing the orthodontics.  Often people of all ages are very self-conscience of the fact that they are wearing orthodontics, so the fact that they are invisible means the person’s self-confidence is not negatively impacted.

This is especially important to adults, who in many cases with wear the orthodontics for a year or more.  Another benefit of Invisalign® orthodontics is that they are extremely comfortable and can easily be worn for 20 or more hours per day, depending upon what the orthodontist recommends.

While Invisalign® is a very effective orthodontic treatment, it may not be a suitable treatment for all patients needing orthodontics to straighten their teeth.  Only a qualified and highly trained orthodontist, who specializes in Invisalign® orthodontics, can make that determination based upon a thorough dental exam.

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott



Why Adults Get Braces

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When most people think of braces, they picture an awkward teenager with a mouth full of metal. The reality is, however, that at least half of the people now wearing braces in the U.S. are actually adults in their 20s, 30s, 40s and even older.

There are several reasons why:

  • Adults are better able to afford braces. Often people miss out on braces because their families can’t afford them, so when they get older and have the money, they pursue that perfect smile. Also, many insurance companies are now covering braces, or at least part of the cost of braces.
  • Adults see the payoffs of straighter teeth. Whether we like it or not, people with a great smile are considered more attractive and attractive people tend to do better in both their careers and their personal lives. Think of the salesman who meets face to face with clients. A better smile would bring confidence, and, presumably, more sales.
  • Straighter teeth can mean better overall oral health. When teeth are misaligned, there is more of a chance of plaque build up in those hard to reach areas. Over time, this can lead to tooth decay or gum disease.
  • Braces aren’t what they used to be – at all. No longer are wearers tortured with a mouth full of silvery metal. Instead, today’s braces are much more cosmetically appealing.  Some adult braces are made of a clear or ceramic material that is invisibly applied to the teeth.  Other types of adult braces such as Invisalign include clear plastic aligners or tray  that ar changed every few weeks. 

If you’re an adult considering braces, consult your dentist or orthodontist about your options. And remember, it’s never too late to improve your smile or your oral health!

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott




Types of Dental Braces

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When most people think of braces they think of the metal device worn by the geeky title character in the popular television series, ‘Ugly Betty’, yet it’s true that there are a number of different kinds of braces. Orthodontists (dentists who specialize in correcting improper alignment of the teeth) take the severity of the patient’s bite problems, and the patient’s allergic susceptibilities  and personal wishes into account when selecting the type of braces to be used. There are four major types of dental braces.

Metal Braces

Metal braces are those with metal brackets and wires. The brackets are glued to the outer surface of the teeth and the arch wire is attached to the brackets with tiny elastic rubber bands. These braces are made of stainless steel and can be gold-plated. Metal braces have been given a bad rap in popular culture since they’ve often been portrayed as unattractive and nerdy, however this is an overplayed stereotype; all sorts of people wear metal braces and it is considered socially acceptable.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are just like metal braces except for the fact that the brackets are made of ceramic. The white ceramic brackets bend in with the color of the teeth so that the braces are less noticeable. Clear rubber bands are typically used with ceramic braces to maintain inconspicuousness but these can stain (the rubber bands are changed on a monthly basis however). Ceramic braces cost a bit more than metal braces and are not as strong.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are like metal braces save for the fact that the brackets are glued to the inside of the teeth rather than to the outer surface. This means that the braces are not easily visible to others. Most lingual braces use metal brackets; however, ceramic lingual braces are also available.  Lingual braces cost more than traditional braces.

Invisalign Braces

Invisalign braces are transparent, plastic braces that resemble plastic retainers. No wires or brackets are involved.  The braces are custom-made to fit over the teeth. Invisalign braces revolutionized orthodontic treatment, providing patients with way to wear braces that are virtually invisible. Invisalign braces are for people whose teeth are just a little crooked; people with severe misalignment are not candidates for Invisalign.

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